A woman does not mortgage herself to a man with marriage: CJI

Context: A woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him and she retains her identity, including her religious identity, even after she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra orally observed while heading a five-judge Read More …

Neapolitan pizza-twirling wins UNESCO honour

The art of Neapolitan pizza-making won world heritage status, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch windmills on UNESCO’s culture list. UNESCO accepted the art of Neapolitan “pizzaiuoli”, or pizza-makers, on the world body’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. “Congratulations #Italy!” it said in a tweet Read More …

Intaglio (printmaking)

It is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink.  It is the direct opposite of a relief print. Normally, copper or zinc plates are used as a surface or matrix, and the incisions are created by etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint or mezzotint.  Collagraphs may also be printed Read More …

Kumbh Mela Intangible Cultural Heritage

After ‘yoga’ and ‘Nouroz’, Kumbh Mela/ KumbhMela, the largest congregation of pilgrims on the planet, has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The Ministry of External Affairs said the inscription of ‘Kumbh Mela’ in the list was undertaken following recommendation by Read More …

Universal health coverage is the best prescription

Context: Three recent incidents involving the health-care sector in Delhi have sparked widespread outrage over the alleged mercenary motives and callous conduct of high-profile corporate hospitals. Two cases involved children with dengue who died soon after leaving these hospitals in a serious condition after their families were presented huge hospitalisation Read More …

Back India’s entry into NSG, China told

Context: Russia is speaking to China at “all levels” for India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and hopes that India will win membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, another multilateral technology regime India has applied to. The political committee of the 41-member Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms Read More …

What is DNA fingerprinting and how is it done?

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram is carrying out DNA fingerprint examination to identify the bodies of fishermen found from the sea after the Ockhi storm. What exactly is DNA fingerprinting? And does it look like crime scene investigations in TV shows?  What is DNA fingerprinting? It Read More …